Pojani says the findings challenge anti-gentrification sentiments which in all three cities originate from inner-city suburbs.
“It’s clear that community backlash has not stemmed from poor and vulnerable groups fearing displacement,” she said.
“Rather, it may be considered as a manifestation of the NIMBY— Not In My Back Yard—syndrome, promulgated by local homeowners [who were] once themselves gentrifiers.
“It may be the case that inner-city communities react to more visible developments in the urban core, which take the form of high-rise, luxury housing and commerce,” Pojani said.
“Resistance to inner-city redevelopment may also be a reaction to Australia’s liberal approaches to city planning, which have enabled private developers to build with minimal community participation.”
The research included demographic metrics such as increasing household incomes, education, home-ownership and white-collar occupations as well as decreasing age and growing population density from 2006 to 2016.
The information was then combined with data from the Australian census, Google Maps and local council data repositories.
Thanks to the research and article at The Urban Developer